Mrs. Joyce Cooper
tradition ERA CATEGORY (RETIRED 25-49 years for induction)
Joyce Thompson Cooper retired in 1987 after 27 years in education with Kingsport City Schools. After one year of student teaching at George Washington Elementary School from 1960 to 1961, she spent the remainder of her teaching career as a 5th Grade teacher at Washington Elementary. She is well remembered for her innovation, inclusivity, humor, and sense of discipline in the classroom. Mrs. Cooper encouraged all students to reach their fullest potential as well as becoming an inspiration for other teachers — both past and future generations. In her time at Washington, she was involved in the community, carried her faith into the classroom, and welcomed all students regardless of personal obstacles or background. Mrs. Cooper held her students close to her heart and taught not only the required curriculum, but instilled lifelong lessons beyond the classroom. She was named Kingsport City Schools Teacher of the Year in 1972 and later received the Outstanding Educator Award for Tennessee in 1986. In addition, she was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Society. Mrs. Cooper was posthumously elected to the KCS Hall of Fame in the Tradition Era category (Retired 25 - 49 years from induction).